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  1. #1 1911 versus 9 m. 
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    Two good guns, and both are easy to get, I'd go for the 1911 for it's easy concealment, but the 9 m has guns that have an automatic capability and can have a bigger punch, give me your thoughts?


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    I think you have that backwards. The 1911 is a 45 ACP caliber, which is bigger and harder to conceal than the typical 9mm. Both are semiautomatic. The 45 ACP typically holds 7 rounds of big bullets in the magazine plus 1 in the chamber. The 9mm is smaller but holds more ammo.

    I lean toward the 45 but I think it's really a matter of personal preference. The 45 is generally considered to have more stopping power, but I don't think there is a big difference when good quality ammo is used in the 9 mm.


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    I've handled both and I must say that I prefer the .45 1911 Government Model. However, the Beretta that the US military replaced it with is nice. 15 rounds in the mag, one in the pipe more than doubles the amount of rounds you can put down range.

    Still, if you hit what you aim at, you don't need many. Being hit by a .45 is akin to catching a brick tossed from a car traveling at 60 mph.
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    Military forums are riddled with .45 vs 9mm threads. I've come to realize that most issues regarding the 9mm come from soldiers who are forced to use FMJ ammunition. Loaded with decent JHP, it has sufficient stopping power. Terminal ballistics of the .45 and 9mm are very similar. Here's a good resource supporting my point: http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/9mm%20vs%2045.htm

    I agree with Harold that handgun selection is a matter of personal preference and less about the caliber. I went to a firearms dealer a couple days ago looking for a personal defense weapon. When asked which caliber I was looking for, I said that I was considering several different weapons in 3 different calibers, as I am not convinced of a significant difference in stopping power. I ended up with a CZ-75 SP-01 chambered for 9mm, with a light rail and tritium sites. With 9mm, I can afford more ammo for training because the most important thing is putting rounds on target.
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